10×10 Challenge 6 Months Later

This post originally appeared on my old blog: PinkMeeple

So not only is this the birthday of this wondrous nation we live in…’Merica, but it’s also, more or less, half-way through the year. And with that a look at mine, and Natlaya’s, BoardGameGeek 10×10 Challenge, where we stand, and my thoughts. For those of you not in the know, the 10×10 Challenge is where we gamers on BoardGameGeek.com pick 10 games to play 10 times over the course of the year. Not as as easy as it sounds.

2014-04-05 18.35.39First, my daughter: Considering her list is pretty much made up of her favorite games that we play all the time, she is almost done already. Just a couple of stragglers. We need to play more Pick a Pig, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small and Dweebies. No problem there. The Three Little Pigs which was her favorite right before I made her list, we lent it to a friend. The collection of games that she can play is far smaller than mine whether my own personal collection or those I play in my gaming group. So all in all she’s doing well.

2014-02-16 14.09.05Now, my list: I am not even close. And here’s why. At the time I made this list, these were all games I played all the time, or games I mistakenly thought I would play more often. In the past six months, I have acquired other games that would take many of these spots. My tastes have changed over the past 6 months. I guess that makes me a fickle gamer? I dunno. All I know is it is now July and I have yet to get Legions of Darkness (Sorry, Joel) or Space Hulk: Death Angel (Sorry, Rich) to the table even once. Plus my alternates? Sentinels and Caverna? I still do not own either of these and I do not think I ever will own Sentinels. I liked the “idea” at first but Legendary and DC DBG do it for me right now. Cuba Libre? 10 times? I would wear the game out and trade it away by then.

EH01_3Dbox-LeftIt’s interesting to track a list like this, but ultimately futile. As I said, my tastes have changed over the course of the year. Plus this seems more like an assignment then a list of what I want to play. The differences are subtle but some of these games I could care less whether I play or not. Elder Sign is still sitting on the shelf next to Eldritch Horror punched and ready to go. Ahhh, someday. Some games I no longer own. In fact, today I just traded Race for the Galaxy away for Star Wars: X Wing Miniatures in a Math Trade.

To wrap things up, I think I will still track what games my daughter plays, as well as myself, relative to the BGG 10×10 Challenge but it’s no longer a priority to play these games just to get that count to ten. I think I will still do the 10×10 Challenge in 2015, but just to see how my tastes and gaming change over time.

Viel Spaß

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Our 10×10 Challenges for 2014

This post originally appeared on my old blog: PinkMeeple

I’ve decided to participate in the 10×10 Challenge for 2014. I thought it’d be a fun thing to do and track over the course of the year. I also thought why not let Natalya have her own 10 List. A couple of games I haven’t even ordered yet, but I will be in February and a few more are already on the way. The question is will I be able to fit in all these games, plus my others, plus Natty’s games, plus my gaming nights? We shall see. I have left Pandemimc off my list for now. I know my son likes to play it but it has lost some of its appeal to me.



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First Games of 2014

Hmmmm…not what I thought they’d be. But it’s all good.

1) One play of Carcassonne. She continually wins at this. I think my son coming home distracted me and allowed Natalya to score some serious points. Or I’m helping her too much. No matter. She loves it.

2) Four plays of Click Clack Lumberjack. This is my girl’s number one game right now. I will review this shortly. In fact the post is done, but it is technically supposed to be posted on another blog and once it has I will be able to post it here. It was a contest thingy. Let’s see how I do.

3) Two plays of Animal upon Animal (review coming soon) with my daughter. I won both. Maybe that’s why there wasn’t a third game.

4) Once my daughter was in bed, it was Daddy’s turn. Three plays of Race for the Galaxy against the GS robot. I won once, the robot won the other two. RftG is Daddy’s favorite game of the moment (tied with Space Hulk: Death Angel Card Game).

Overall, not bad for the start of 2014. But I am sure there will be more especially with a snow storm on its way to hit the Northeast in just a few hours. And while we’re on the subject of 2014, read my 14 Gaming Resolutions for 2014.

Viel Spaß!

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In the beginning…

…the board game Gods created “roll and move.” Sad but true. For many of us, especially those in our 40’s (approaching 50!!), we started out board gaming with the likes of Monopoly, Sorry, Payday, Life maybe even some chess or checkers. My daughter was no different.

We started with Chutes and Ladders and Candyland. She was 2, give me a break. Now every now and then she wants to break those out and play. That’s OK. You hear that obsessed hobby gamers? That’s. O.K. She was (and is) young and her choice was (and is still) important. She liked them. They were new and exciting. They were colorful. The only bad thing was that she had no control over if she won or lost. Not that she knew that or even understands it now. Both of those games are completely luck driven, like many kid games. That makes it easier for Dad to “cheat to lose.”

When my daughter and I play now, sometimes she wins and sometimes she loses. It can be difficult to teach a young person how to lose gracefully. It’s a wondrous and important skill that is learned over time and my daughter still needs practice.

Honestly, we haven’t played those roll and move games in a while. I remember my daughter getting excited when I set up some solo games for myself like Space Hulk: Death AngelElder Sign and Race for the Galaxy: Gathering Storm. She was all “Woooooo, what’s that?” when my son and I played Pandemic for the first time. She asked me when she can play these games. Of course, my canned response is “When you get older.” Her next question usually is, “You’ll teach me?” My answer is always the same, “Absolutely. I would be happy to.”

As long as I feed her new games to play every now and then, I think I’ll be able to keep her away from the “old standards.” Of course, at this rate, one day will come when she goes over a friend’s house for a sleepover and the mom breaks out Monopoly and my daughter will ask in a snooty voice, “What. Is. That? Don’t you have Kemet, or Caverna, or Concordia?” I know, I know. I’m asking a lot but a man can dream, can’t he?

Viel Spaß!

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